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Goo Goo Dolls - A Boy Named Goo

Goo Goo Dolls, A Boy Named Goo

A Boy Named Goo

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A Boy Named Goo
Studio album by 
ReleasedMarch 14, 1995
StudioBearTracks Studios, Suffern, NY and Trackmaster Studios, Buffalo, NY
ProducerLou GiordanoRob CavalloGoo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls chronology
Superstar Car Wash
A Boy Named Goo
Singles from A Boy Named Goo
  1. "Only One"
    Released: February 1995
  2. "Flat Top"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Name"
    Released: September 26, 1995
  4. "Naked"
    Released: January 1996
  5. "Long Way Down"
    Released: March 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[6]
A Boy Named Goo is the fifth studio album by American rock band Goo Goo Dolls, released in 1995 on Warner Bros. As a commercial success, it has been RIAA-certified as double-platinum.



This is the Goo Goo Dolls' last studio album with George Tutuska on drums; he was replaced by Mike Malinin just before the album was released. This album is the Goo Goo Dolls' first studio album to not have 14 tracks. The song "Stand Alone" was written by George Tutuska, and because John Rzeznik didn't want to exploit George's efforts after his dismissal, the song was only included on a promo version of the album. On the wide-release version, it is replaced with "Disconnected" and "Slave Girl", which were initially B-sides to the "Only One" single. On the same promo, "Ain't That Unusual" was labeled as "Someday". The two replacement songs are covers of songs by defunct Buffalo and Sydney punk bands The Enemies and Lime Spiders.
The song "Name" is well known as the Goo Goo Dolls' first hit. According to lead singer John Rzeznik, the song's unusual composition came about "quite accidentally".
This album also marked the band's last with the Metal Blade Records imprint.

Walmart controversy[edit]

On June 5, 1996, the band's label, Warner Bros., released a statement claiming that Walmart had decided to stop selling A Boy Named Goo because some Walmart customers had complained that the album cover was offensive. The statement claimed that some customers had incorrectly thought that the child on the cover was smeared in blood rather than blackberry juice. Walmart acknowledged that they had decided to stop selling the album, but denied Warner Bros.'s claim that this was because of complaints about the cover art, instead ascribing the decision to weak sales.[7] Of the reports that Walmart customers had thought that the child on the cover was smeared in blood, Rzeznik said, "The name of the album is A Boy Named Goo. The picture is of a boy covered with goo. What part of this concept are they unclear on?"[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, except where noted.
1."Long Way Down"3:28
2."Burnin' Up" (Rzeznik, Takac, George Tutuska)2:29
4."Flat Top"4:30
5."Impersonality" (Rzeznik, Takac, Tutuska)2:41
7."Only One"3:18
8."Somethin' Bad" (Rzeznik, Takac, Tutuska)2:30
9."Ain't That Unusual"3:19
10."So Long" (Rzeznik, Takac, Tutuska)2:33
11."Eyes Wide Open" (Rzeznik, Takac, Tutuska)3:56
12."Disconnected" (Joe Bompczyk, Bob Guariglia, Pete Secrist, Fred Suchman) (The Enemies cover)3:00
13."Slave Girl(Mick Blood, Richard Jakimyszyn) (Lime Spiders cover)2:17

Original track listing[edit]

The track listing for advance copies—before George Tutuska was fired from the band—was slightly different.
1."Long Way Down"3:39
4."Flat Top"4:30
6."Your Name"4:31
7."Only One"3:18
8."Something Bad"2:31
9."Someday" ("Ain't That Unusual")3:22
10."So Long"2:33
11."Stand Alone"3:43
12."Eyes Wide Open"3:57

Covers and media appearances[edit]

Haste the Day, a metalcore band, covered the song "Long Way Down" for their album When Everything Falls.
The song "Ain't That Unusual" was featured on the soundtrack of the 1995 film Angus. A remix of the song "Long Way Down" was also featured on the soundtrack of the 1996 film Twister.



1995U.S. Billboard 20027
Canadian RPM Albums Chart15
YearTitlePeak chart positions
Australia (ARIA Charts)Canadian RPMAlternative 30Canadian RPMSingles ChartNew Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)U.S. BillboardAdult ContemporaryU.S. BillboardAdult Top 40U.S. BillboardModern Rock TracksU.S. BillboardHot 100U.S. BillboardHot 100 AirplayU.S. BillboardMainstream Rock TracksU.S. BillboardMainstream Top 40
1995Only One------36--21-
Flat Top---------38-
Long Way Down------25--7-


RIAA – U.S.GoldNovember 16, 1995
PlatinumFebruary 8, 1996
Double PlatinumJuly 17, 1996
CRIA - CanadaGoldJanuary 12, 1996
PlatinumFebruary 23, 1996

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